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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi reaches NSA Ajit Doval’s office in Delhi

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in India Thursday evening in the highest-level visit between the two countries after the ties came under severe strain following the eastern Ladakh standoff nearly two years ago. Chinese FM reached National Security Advisor Ajit Doval’s office in South Block here on Friday and will meet him shortly.

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The Chinese Foreign Minister, who arrived in New Delhi on Thursday, is also scheduled to meet External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.

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Wang flew into New Delhi from Kabul and is set to hold talks with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval on Friday morning.

It is learnt that the Chinese foreign minister’s unannounced visit is more to do with the geopolitical powerplay in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine with China even signalling its willingness to assist Moscow in dealing with crippling economic sanctions.

In the talks, India is unlikely to shift its focus from the eastern Ladakh border row as it is expected to press for complete disengagement of troops from all the friction points in the region.

The border issue is likely to figure extensively in the meeting between Wang and Doval who have been serving as the special representatives for boundary talks.

Both sides kept the visit under the wraps. It is not immediately clear whether the Indian side will facilitate a call on by Wang with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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The Ukraine crisis is expected to be the other major issue in the talks.

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